Palmer would be flattered by Pierce comic book

The front and back covers of the Paul Palmer comic book.

This may or may not be a moot point, depending upon whether or not Bernard Pierce comes back for his senior year, but it’s something I had to ask the other great Temple running back.
“Would you mind if Temple used the same comic book campaign for Bernard Pierce than it used for you?” I wrote him.
I just got the reply this morning.
“I’d be flattered,” Paul Palmer said.
Heck, I know that Bernard has a tough call in the days ahead.
Not tough for me or Steve Addazio, but for him.

Paul Palmer (middle, between Vinny Testaverde and Brian
Bosworth) at Heisman awards: “I’d be flattered” by
a Bernard Pierce comic book. Notice all three are wearing
Temple-colored ties.

It’s Addazio’s opinion _ really, the general consensus out there _ that if you are not a sure-fired, stone-cold-lock for first-round pick in the draft, then you should come back and, in his words, “enjoy your senior year and get your degree.”
That’s reasonable. If there is money now (by comparison a paltry and not guaranteed amount), it only figures to double and triple next year and then it becomes guaranteed money as a No. 1.
I think, and Addazio seems to agree, that Bernard can raise his stock one or two rounds with another solid year at Temple.
And, who knows, if everything breaks right, catapult himself into a Heisman Trophy race.
These are things that are all weighing heavily on Bernard’s mind right now, so maybe a little comic relief is in order.
As in comic book relief.
I came out in favor of this comic book as early as Bernard’s sophomore year but Temple’s promotions people went all high-tech on me with a Facebook page and a Bernard for Heisman website.
Nice, but sometimes the old ideas are the best ones.
Simply replace every Palmer image and stats with those of Pierce and you got yourself a damn good Heisman campaign for 2012 right there. The template and story board is right there. Replacing Palmer’s life story and stats with Pierce’s should be a snap.
The only missing element would be someone to draw the illustrations.
If the illustrator for that is dead, there’s a sports anchor guy in Allentown named Troy Hein who wrote a children’s book and has the best illustrator around. Hire that gal (her name is Kathryn Roman).
Heck, Temple would be stealing its own terrific idea and Palmer benefited from it to the tune of a second-place finish in the Heisman Trophy balloting of 1986. The Owls’ promotion department send 1,050 comic books to 1,050 Heisman Trophy voters. It was the best $10,000 Temple spent on anything. It came back 10,000,000-fold (that’s 10 million) in terms of viewers who saw Temple associated with good football while watching the Heisman Trophy ceremony on CBS-TV that year.
That (and a 1,866-yard season) got Palmer a seat at the table in between Miami’s Vinny Testaverde (the eventual winner) and third-place finisher Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma.
It also might have helped Palmer get drafted in the first round.
I’ve watched every game of both careers and I happen to think Bernard is the better player (sorry, Paul). I usually (though not always) side with the older guys (nobody can tell me that Mo Wilkerson was better than either Joe or Dan Klecko), so that’s saying something.
If Bernard comes back, he should get that comic book and whatever help Temple can offer him along the path to a Heisman and a first-round pick.

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13 thoughts on “Palmer would be flattered by Pierce comic book

  1. the mighty mac is 3-1 in bowl competition…., NIU win and the conference is 4-1

  2. good for the MAC. I still say let's get out. We need a seat at the BCS table before the appetizers are passed out.

  3. Mike,Thoughts on B1G n pac 12 agreement? Even if we want out of MAC its still good to have a 4-1 record. b/c after all we still are MAC. Any recruit updates for the owls- I beleive in a dead period but NOLI day is coming soon, can't wait to see what DAZ does.

  4. as long as we are in the MAC, the better it does, the better for us.we're in the MAC next year, so let's win it.Let's face it, the reason AG didn't beat a winning MAC team was because when he had a QB (ADM), he didn't have a team around him.Then when he had a team, he didn't have a QB.Now Daz has a QB and a team and it's time to put up or shut up.I try to say nothing about recruiting until Feb. 4, but I'm still waiting for the first guy who got a solid "offer" (not interest from a big-time BCS team, not the Rutgers' level) to say no I'm not going there and going to Temple instead.I haven't seen that yet.Those are my expectations for the three-time national recruiter of the year.

  5. Eh not so fast. The defense is losing a lot. The offense will be better but they are going to have to put bunches of points to win.

  6. Eh not so fast. The defense is losing a lot. The offense will be better but they are going to have to put bunches of points to win.

  7. totally disagree.Defense lost seven starters from last year's 11, including a first-round NFL pick.They don't lose that many from this defense and no first-round picks.Robey is going to be a great corner, Gildea a great safety and Sean Daniels will finally shine at one DE. The interior wall, anchored by Bad Bad (that means Good Good) Levi Brown, is solid.Heater is a GREAT defensive coordinator.The defense will be great.

  8. Good analysis of the defense. I think Heater will find a way. Wouldn't an Android or iPhone game app better honor BP. I love comic books, but I'm over 50! Kids these days want Wi and Xbox. A killer app would bring attention to the Downtown Sports Club: BP smacks the MAC.

  9. Most sportswriters are too poor to have iphones and Androids or even know what an app is. Since they still deliver snail mail, I think something they can actually hold in their hands would make a more lasting impression.Of course, high-end voters like Mike Francesa of WFAN and Tim Brando of CBS College Sports Network have them but they both make more than $1 million per year.Most of the Heisman voters are in the 99 percent.

  10. We should run to C-USA so I can spend next Christmas in Honolulu for the Hawaii Bowl. Current MAC Bowl tie-ins:DetroitMobileBoiseCurrent C-USA Bowl Tie-insMemphisHonoluluFort Worth, TXSt. Petersburg, FLNew OrleansWashington, DC

  11. I hear you.I've been writing that for the last two years.I'm tired of waiting for the Big East.Sometimes I feel like our administration's long-term plan for athletics is to sit by the phone and wait for a call from the Big East that will likely never come.We should be proactive and move on …Jennifer Anniston moved on after Brad left her for Angelina.It's time for us to do the same.

  12. The owls need to move past the BE. This soap opera is becoming pretty sad and resembling the guy who fawns over the girl who wants nothing to do with him (to continue the metaphor…because her ugly, bitchy friend, let's call her villanova is jealous and keeps spreading lies). We need to let the truth about our program show up on the field and wait for a better conference to realize the benefits of including TU in their mix.If the owls can make respectable showings and perhaps steal a win against PSU to notre dame in the next couple of years that would help considerably. I hope they pull of a couple of signature wins before our coaching staff gets pilfered. Keep up the great work, I love your blog.

  13. Nice metaphor… to continue the string, just remember who was named this year's "Sexiest Woman Alive" … Jennifer Anniston.I know the BE doesn't consider us sexy, but with Boise State losing 20 starters and the great Kellen Moore (50 wins as QB), that leaves an opening to become "the Boise State of the East."You are right.Just beat Penn State (and Maryland again) and run through the MAC like we did in 2009 (a big winning streak before losing at Ohio without BP) and we instantly get great crowds, TV ratings and maybe a cover of SI.It's going to be hard, but nothing great is ever easy.

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